Scholarships for Incoming Law Students

We are reducing the cost of our legal education.

We know that less student loan debt means our graduates have more choices about where they practice law and whom they serve.

In order to encourage our students to provide more legal services to diverse communities across Michigan and the nation, we are subsidizing a legal education for:

MICHIGAN RESIDENTS

and

THOSE WITH A DEMONSTRATED COMMITMENT TO:

  • Practicing law in the public sector
  • Working in Indian Country
  • Providing legal services to low-income or underserved communities in Michigan and across the nation
  • Intellectual property and legal technology
  • Inclusive leadership

We use a variety of scholarship funds to build our incoming class that is interesting, diverse, and excellent in every way.

We are looking for outstanding applicants whose interests and life experiences demonstrate LEADERSHIP, PUBLIC SERVICE, and PERSEVERANCE, including:

  • First generation college students
  • Native people
  • Veterans
  • Single parents
  • Students with backgrounds in IP and emerging technologies
  • Advocates for social justice and civil rights

Apply Now

MSU Law encourages you to submit your admissions application by March 1.

Things to Know

  1. MSU Law offers a variety of student scholarships. We will let you know your scholarship award in your admission letter. We want you to have all the information you need as you move into the next step in your decision-making about where to attend law school.
  2. No additional application is needed for scholarship consideration. We use the information you provide in your application to make our awards. If there is information that you would like for us to consider in the scholarship award process, please feel free to submit a supplemental statement. We encourage you to tell us what you think we need to know.
  3. All admitted applicants are automatically considered for institutional scholarship aid. No separate application is required for consideration. However, we encourage you to complete your FAFSA as soon after January 1st as possible.
  4. Scholarships are automatically renewable for all three years of study as long as you maintain good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above).

OUR SCHOLARSHIPS

These awards renew automatically for all three years, provided that you remain in good academic standing.

Admitted Students: Please note that the dollar amounts listed below under “opportunity” are already included within (i.e., not in excess of) your existing scholarship offer.

MICHIGAN ACCESS INITATIVE

Opportunity: $20,000 per year

Eligibility: For Michigan residents, with strong academic achievement, financial need, a commitment to serving Michigan’s communities, or a personal history of perseverance.

DEAN’S FELLOWSHIPS

  • Dean’s Civil Rights/Social Justice Fellowship Program

    Opportunity: $20,000 per year; in addition to a subsidized summer work experience at a law firm specializing in civil rights and social justice practice

    Eligibility: Outstanding applicants with an interest in social justice and civil/constitutional rights

  • Dean’s Public Service Fellowship Program

    Opportunity: $20,000 per year; in addition to a subsidized summer work experience in public interest

    Eligibility: Outstanding applicants with an interest in public service

  • Dean’s Transactional Law Fellowship Program

    Opportunity: $20,000 per year; in addition to a subsidized summer work experience with for-profit/non-profit business or law firm

    Eligibility: Outstanding applicants with an interest in intellectual property and technology

  • Dean’s Legal Profession Leadership Fellows

    Opportunity: $20,000 per year; in addition to a subsidized summer work experience with legal profession leaders; specialized opportunities to develop inclusive leadership competencies

    Eligibility: Outstanding applicants whose life experiences demonstrate leadership and perseverance (including first-generation lawyers, military backgrounds, single parents, and Native people, among others)